NASA STTR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04 T2.02-9970
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Advanced Concepts for Flight Research
PROPOSAL TITLE: Aerodynamic Efficiency Enhancements for Air Vehicles
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC) RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI)
NAME:KALSCOTT ENGINEERING, INC. NAME:North Carolina State University
ADDRESS:3226 SW Timberlake Ln. ADDRESS:Research Administration/SPARCS, 2701 Sullivan Drive
CITY:Topeka CITY:Raleigh
STATE/ZIP:KS66614-4515 STATE/ZIP:NC27695-7514
PHONE:(785)856-3222 PHONE:(919)515-2444

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tom Sherwood
tom.sherwood@kalscott.com
3226 SW Timberlake Ln.
Topeka, KS 66614-4515
(785)979-1113

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
The need for aerodynamics-based efficiency enhancements for air vehicles is presented. Concepts are presented for morphing aircraft, to enable the aircraft to optimize its configuration for various flight regimes. Using simulations, wind tunnel testing, and benchtop hardware development, the feasibility of the concepts will be established in Phase I. In Phase II, flight testing will be performed to refine and finalize the designs. The concepts involve tailoring of the wing using adaptive surfaces to acheive drag reduction. This translates to benefits in range, endurance, manueuvering and speed characteristics of the air vehicle.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
These innovations can be applied to several NASA subsonic aircraft, including manned and unmanned platforms. Some of the work here can be extended to gust alleviation for high altitude UAVs as well. This STTR effort complements other work underway at NASA in the areas of adaptive aircraft, morphing aircraft configurations, robust controls, and intelligent aircraft.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
Efficiency enhancements for commercial and private subsonic aircraft, tactial and long endurance UAVs (for military, homeland security and science applications), morphing aircraft technologies.